Breezy Point parking FAQs
NEW--I've heard rumors that Gateway wants to take our shoreline in return for the parking area.
Gateway has not targeted any of the property within the Breezy Point Cooperative (BPC), including its beaches, for acquisition or exchange.
On July 19, 2012, Gateway officials met with BPC members to brainstorm potential solutions to issues of concern that have been raised by the Cooperative, include the potentially encroaching retaining wall and overflow parking needs of the BPC. One of several possible solutions discussed was a voluntary land exchange of equal value between the park and BPC. Gateway identified areas which are important to the ecology of the area -- in part, the dunes and shoreline -- in a PowerPoint presentation used at the meeting. This does not mean that the park or the NPS wants to manage or control these areas, simply that we recognize them as important areas to protect.
In addition to a land exchange, other solutions were discussed including a commercial use authorization to allow a shuttle service from the Jacob Riis Parking Lot.
What is the criteria for a possible land exchange?
Land exchanges are not commonly used by the National Park Service, but are available to the agency when land encroachments occur on federal property. The first step requires a survey of the boundary shared by BPC and the park, which the park has initiated. If a land encroachment is identified, a land exchange is one possible solution. As was stated at the July 2012 meeting, any land exchange would be wholly voluntary in every aspect by both parties.
The main criteria for a federal land exchange is that the lands considered for the exchange must be within the legislative boundary of Gateway National Recreation Area, or another National Park Site within the State of New York, and the exchange for park property must be of equal value. The precise lands transferred would be subject to negotiation by both parties and the process generally takes years to accomplish.
Why can't I park at West Beach and Hero Road anymore?
What's the problem, especially if people have been doing it for years?
I've heard that people with fishing permits can still park at West Beach.
Why is Gateway treating the community like this?
Where can I park this summer?
Who can I talk to?